Why Do I Get a Snapchat Notification Saying Someone Is Typing, but Then Get Nothing?

Posted by Arch on September 13, 2019
Why Do I Get a Snapchat Notification Saying Someone is Typing, But Then Get Nothing

Snapchat is not the only app that has typing notifications. Even the old Yahoo Messenger would show you a notification when someone else was writing a message. Of course, some apps only display that notification in the private chat box and not next to a person’s name on the friends list.

With Snapchat things work a bit differently, which is one of the reasons why some users get really ticked about this notification. This article will tell you how these notifications work when they trigger, and why they almost always linger for no apparent reason.

How Typing Notifications Work

Most typing notifications get triggered when a user taps on the text field. Tapping on a text field sends a notification to the receiving user. Because this happens before the message is completed and sent, users get notifications in “real-time” so to speak. This can obviously lead to some errors in communication.

Whenever someone starts to write you a message on Snapchat, the app will display a notification indicating that the person is writing to you. However, if that person stops writing and doesn’t hit Send, but instead leaves the message as is, in order to finish it later, the typing notification will linger until the message is either sent or deleted.

Unlike text messages on your phone or email client, Snapchat doesn’t save unfinished messages as drafts. If it did, then that person could obviously review the message later, wrap it up and hit send.

Because this is not how Snapchat does things, it’s not uncommon to get stuck with a typing notification from someone, until they’ve finished writing and sent you the message.

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The same kind of notification occurs if only a single space is added to a message. Consider the following situation. You’re looking for someone but you accidentally tap on someone else’s name. You hit space or you tap a single letter and then realize that it’s the wrong person.

If you don’t delete what you’ve added to the text box before exiting the chat to find the actual intended user, the person you’ve accidentally tapped will likely get stuck with a typing notification from you.

How to Check Why the Typing Notification Is Still Active

There’s no advanced feature that will allow you to check on the status of an unsent message. The only thing you can do is simply message that person back and ask what’s happening. Ask if they’re typing a really long message or ask them to check and see if they’ve accidentally typed something and forgot to delete it or send it.

How to Disable Typing Notifications

Disabling the “someone is typing notifications” is a feature that many Snapchat users would like to have. Especially since, as already established, these notifications can linger on for days when the specific conditions are met. Unfortunately, the trick to disable these notifications is not universal and only works on some phones and versions of Android.

  1. Go to your Home Screen.
  2. Select Apps.
  3. Go to Settings.
  4. Go to the Notifications tab.
  5. Select Snapchat.
  6. Look for an option that says “silent notifications” or “quiet notifications.”
  7. Turn the feature off.

Again, this may not work for everyone reading this article. It’s possible that it will only work on devices with newer versions of Android Oreo, or Android O.

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Do We Really Need Typing Notifications?

One would argue that having the typing notifications is a blessing in disguise as it can indicate someone’s intention to communicate. While that may be true, due to how the event is triggered, these notifications can often be indicative of a user error and nothing more.

As more and more users advocate for the removal of this feature, we’re curious to see what your thoughts are on this. Let us know in the comments below if you would like the typing notification to be removed or are you ok with it.

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